Up to one of every three inmates currently in California prisons could be released over the next three years under a federal court order to ease overcrowding, Reuters reported Feb. 10. A three-judge panel ordered that the state cut the prison population by up to 57,000 inmates; the state prison system is currently operated at […]
The agreement by MillerCoors to halt production of its Sparks caffeinated-alcoholic drink last December significantly contributed to a 40-percent drop in the company’s fourth-quarter net income, CNN reported Feb. 10. The company reported net income of $54.1 million, down from $90.7 million a year earlier. However, despite the $65-million write-down on Sparks — which had […]
The drug violence that has swept through Mexico is now becoming more evident on the U.S. side of the border as well, the Associated Press reported Feb. 10. Murder, kidnapping and other violent crimes related to Mexican drug cartels are hitting U.S. cities like Phoenix and Atlanta as well as the border region, law-enforcement officials […]
Like many people with a drinking problem, our nation itself is in denial about what alcohol abuse costs. With a looming ’financial Armageddon’ upon us, it’s time we confront the issue. I started drinking alcohol to excess at the age of 13. Drinking at this tender age is not uncommon. Among my friends, it was […]
Heroin addicts enrolled in programs that provide them with the drug for free may commit fewer crimes and be more likely to enroll in addiction treatment programs, according to a new study by researcher Peter Reuter. The Baltimore Sun reported Feb. 8 that Reuter, a drug-policy researcher at the University of Maryland at College Park, […]
New restrictions will be placed on prescription of two dozen powerful Schedule II narcotic drugs including OxyContin, methadone and morphine, the New York Times reported Feb. 10. The new rules could lead to many doctors losing their prescribing rights of extended-release opioids that are addictive and have high potential for overdose and death if misused. […]
Treatment Research Institute Provides the Science Behind Interactive “How To” Resource Developed by the Partnership for a Drug Free America Parents who feel helpless when they see (or think they see) signs of drug or alcohol use in their kids have a new place to turn, thanks to Time to Act, a science-based multi-media resource […]
The Virginia House of Delegates passed a plan to ban some — but not all — smoking in restaurants and bars, the Washington Post reported Feb. 9. Presently, certain bars and restaurants impose their own smoking rules in Virginia, where one in every five adults smokes cigarettes. If the bill is approved, Virginia will be […]
A new federal cigarette tax increase is complicating efforts by states to use tobacco taxes to plug holes in budgets and fund programs, the Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 8. At least 16 states are considering cigarette tax increases to help cover budget gaps that the National Conference of State Legislatures estimates will total $47.4 […]
Researchers say that young men who smoke marijuana weekly, or who have smoked from their teen years on, face twice the risk of developing nonseminona, an aggressive form of testicular cancer, the Guardian reported Feb. 9. Researchers said the elevated risk compared to nonusers may be due to stimulation of immature testicular cells that can […]
Guinness UK has announced that it will start displaying on glasses the number of standard units of alcohol contained in a pint of the company’s dense brew — 2.3 units per pint — the Guardian reported Feb. 7. A half a million pint glasses are now being distributed to pubs, with the aim of giving […]
Former NFL lineman Dana Stubblefield provided information on use of performance-enhancing drugs to federal investigators as part of a plea deal on BALCO-related charges, the New York Times reported Feb. 7. The investigation into BALCO, which prosecutors say provided illicit drugs to baseball star Barry Bonds and others, led to Stubblefield’s conviction on charges of […]
According to a new poll from the United Kingdom, some pregnant smokers are so worried about criticism from healthcare professionals that they won’t ask doctors or midwives for help to stop smoking. Some women also won’t admit to their doctors that they smoke, the BBC reported Feb. 4. A survey commissioned by the U.K. National Health […]
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing the Bush administration's policy of raiding medical-marijuana dispensaries in states where the drug is legal for medical purposes, but the raids are expected to end once President Barack Obama appoints his own DEA chief.
President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the government's faith-based funding initiative, and changes could include a ban on federal funding of groups that discriminate on the basis of religion or other factors when hiring employees.
Advocates who say addiction should be treated as a public-health issue and not a criminal problem have broad public support, according to the results of a new survey from Hazelden that also found that about one in three families include members with addiction problems. Public support alone, however, will not be sufficient to sustain recent […]
Faces & Voices of Recovery is pleased to announce that Christopher Kennedy Lawford will join its Online Book Club discussion this month to discuss his new book, ’Moments of Clarity, Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery’. Anyone can post questions and opinions online and Lawford will respond and offer his own commentary. […]
A new study from researchers at the University of Virginia Health System suggests that a serotonin transporter gene — SLC6A4 — significantly influences the level of drinking intensity among heavy drinkers. The researchers studied the associations between six DNA sequence variations of the serotonin transporter gene with the degree of alcohol consumption among 275 individuals […]
Faces & Voices of Recovery is pleased to announce that Christopher Kennedy Lawford will join its Online Book Club discussion this month to discuss his new book, Moments of Clarity, Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery.
Phillip Morris International, Inc. and smokeless-tobacco maker Swedish Match are teaming up to sell the ’snus’ form of tobacco snuff worldwide, Bloomberg reported Feb. 3. The companies will target emerging markets around the world — like Africa and Russia — and plan to put pressure on the European Union (EU) to lift the ban on […]
During last weekend’s Super Bowl game, it wasn’t just the game that left a lasting impression on teens. The beer commercials were also a big hit. That’s according to a survey conducted by a coalition in Columbus, Ohio, that found that beer ads were among teens’ top five favorite Super Bowl ads. The Drug-Free Action […]
Youth Videos Tell Big Alcohol to Free the Super Bowl from Beer Ads Three compelling videos by teenagers were recognized at www.freethebowl.com during Super Bowl half time for fighting back against inane Budweiser commercials in America’s most popular sporting event. Marin Institute launched the first anti-beer-ad video contest, FREE THE BOWL™, so that youth could […]
A report released by the RAND Corporation concluded that the cost of methamphetamine use in the U.S. reached $23.4 billion in 2005, Reuters reported Feb. 4. The analysis considered lost lives and productivity, drug-treatment and law-enforcement expenses, and other factors to determine the yearly cost. “Our study represents the most comprehensive assessment so far of the […]
The pain medications Darvon and Darvocet should be pulled off the market, according to a recommendation approved on a 14-12 vote by a panel of medical experts assembled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CNN reported Jan. 30 that the panel said the risks of death from cardiac problems that are associated with the […]